THE FACULTY of Civil Law will hold its first mock bar examination this June to prepare some 90 aspiring Thomasian lawyers for the September exams.

Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina said the mock test would save graduating law students money from expensive fees charged by review centers.

“The key of the mock bar exams is for our students to have the feeling of how it is to take the bar examination so that they will be prepared ahead of time,” Divina said.

Subjects to be covered by the mock test are Political and Public International Law, Labor and Social Legislation, Civil Law, Taxation, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises. It will be held for four days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exam will follow the rules and format used during the bar exams.

“It will also be helpful in addressing their weaknesses, Divina said.

“If a student fails in Political Law, then we will pound him on Political Law until he passes that subject.”

Divina said the mock tests will be conducted by former bar examiners, not law professors unlike usual “simulations” done at the Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines.

“The students are happy and excited about the new policy. They say it could save them a lot of money since the faculty will pay for the examiners and the materials to be used,” he added.

Civil Law’s performance in the bar exams has been dismal for the past two years, posting only 66 percent and 51.81 percent passing rates in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

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Meanwhile, subjects Political Law Review, Corporation Law, and Special Commercial Law will cover five units each next semester from the original four.

Divina said the average number of hours allotted previously for these courses were not enough to finish the subject matter. Darenn G. Rodriguez

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